How To Rebuild Impact Wrestling

Over the past three weeks, the new regime of Impact Wrestling led by Don Callis and Scott D’Amore has been booking random tag team matches as a way to set up number one contender/title bouts. During the first official episode under the regime, they scheduled an all-star tag-team match between Moose/ Johnny Impact vs. EC3/Alberto El Patron. The following week, it was announced by Josh Matthews that these four wrestlers were going to compete in a fatal four way to determine a number one contender for the world championship. Johnny Impact was able to win the number one contender’s match and earned the right to face Austin Aries at Crossroads. Unfortunately, the new regime decided to set up a bout between Johnny Impact/ Matt Sydal vs. EC3 and Tyrus the following week. In the match, EC3 pinned the new number one contender Johnny Impact by having his feet on the ropes during a roll up. After the bout, Matthews announced that Impact was putting his future title shot up for grabs against EC3 in the main event of the next television episode. Due to this, the new regime is sending the signal to fans that anytime a number one contender or champion is in a tag team match, one of the other competitors will be their next opponent.

However, if the new regime wanted to create worthy contenders for all their championships, they should’ve told Matthews to cut a promo stating; from now on Impact is a place where title shots are earned not given. He proceeds to announce that over the next two months the company will hold a single elimination tournament for every division to establish ranking systems. The winners of these tournaments will get the next shot at their respective champions at the upcoming pay per view event. On the other hand, the other competitors will be ranked by order of elimination in the tournament. For example, if a wrestler lost in the finals he will be listed behind the number one contender.

Furthermore, Impact’s ranking system would be based on how often a person competes and their record against other competitors in the division. For instance, if a wrestler sustains an injury which forces him to miss 3 or more months of TV, he or she will be removed from the rankings. Once the wrestler is cleared to return to action, they will have to beat every ranked opponent to earn a title shot. Not only will previously injured wrestlers have to run the gamut but wrestlers who are currently in the rankings will compete at least once a month against each other to maintain or improve their position. Lastly, if a wrestler wants to join another division, he must relinquish their spot in the current division to join the new division. Once this happens, they will have to beat every ranked opponent to earn a title shot.

In conclusion, the ranking system opens the door for storylines where champions cost competitors title shots or wrestlers cost each other matches to maintain their positions.

Kevin Lee Should Upset Tony Ferguson At UFC 216

Over the past few months, several sports books have Tony Ferguson as a slight favorite to beat Kevin Lee at UFC 216. According to bestfightodds.com, most sportsbooks have Ferguson at around -220 which means a person would’ve bet $220 to win 100. Although he is the favorite, I believe that Kevin Lee has the skill set necessary to pull off the upset at UFC 216.

For about the past two years, Ferguson has shown a tendency to constantly try to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. This trend has helped Ferguson win the all of his UFC fights because his opponents didn’t have the stamina to cut angles in the process of moving backward to avoid any strikes from landing. Due to this, some adversaries are forced to give into his pressure because they would attempt to cut angles and experience early fatigue from a lack of stamina which would put them in a position to have to exchange with him. On the other hand, some opponents concluded that they were better off trading punches with him because they were aware of the fact that they didn’t have the stamina to cut angles. As a result of this, Ferguson would have ample opportunities to get within his striking range and inflict damage on his opponents. During these occasions, he would faint the left hand in an attempt to get the opponent to move their head to the right or momentarily distract them which would open the door for the straight right to land. Furthermore, on occasion, he would run forward and throw a lead left uppercut to make the opponent think about multiple things throughout the fight.

However, Ferguson’s fighting style should play right into the strategy of Kevin Lee because Tony will already be within grappling range. As a result of this, Lee can drop down to shoot for a single or double leg takedown without having to waste energy trying to get the opponent into grappling range. If he gets a firm grasp of the legs Lee will try to complete the takedown in open space or push him to the fence to reattempt the takedown. Lee should maintain this strategy during the early rounds as it will keep him active while at the same time limiting Ferguson’s attack and draining his energy.

 

Impact Wrestling Has An Opportunity To Book LAX Vs Decay 2.0 At Bound For Glory ( 2017)

Over the past week, Impact Wrestling has portrayed Rosemary as a character who is very upset at the Latin American Xchange for putting her stablemates out of action. But she realizes that it is not the right time to exact vengeance on LAX because they are aware that she wants payback and are on high alert. Therefore she is going to wait a few months before exacting revenge on them in hopes that they have completely forgotten about Decay and are caught by surprise. Rosemary has alluded to this train of thought on her personal Twitter account as she stated that; “And yet.. You will never be free of #DeathDealers.. Vengeance is in the air.. Listen.. Wait.. #DeathOfTheFamily”.

As a result, I expect Impact Wrestling to start shooting backstage segments with Rosemary the week after Slammiversary where she tries to convince several wrestlers to join her cause. After a couple of weeks of rejection, she realizes that Bram is her only option left but is scared to ask him because Decay took him hostage last year in their quest to convince him to join the family. Eventually, she gets the courage to ask him, and Bram is hesitant to accept because of their past thus she decides to go to the ring and cost LAX a non title match in the first step of her plan to exact revenge. Although she was able to successfully spit the mist into the eyes of Ortiz to cost them the match; Rosemary left herself vulnerable as Homicide and Diamante got a hold of her before she could get backstage. As a result of this, she was thrown back into the ring and LAX decided to trap her in a corner for Diamante to beat her down. During the beat down Bram realizes that nobody is coming out to help her and decides to make the save but he cannot overcome the odds. The next week Bram cuts a promo where he agrees to help her but says we need at least one more member to withstand/ overcome their advantage. Due to this, he calls out his DCC tag team partner Eddie Kingston to form a new version of Decay which leads to Decay vs. LAX at Bound For Glory. For this pay per view event,  Impact could choose to go in two different directions, Diamante vs. Rosemary followed by a tag team match between Santana/Ortiz vs. Bram/Kingston or a mixed six-person tag match.

 

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